Old sports magazine? Check. Cool set of vintage sports logos? Check. Prototypical post material? Double check. This guide to the 1969-70 NBA season, published by The Sporting News, is a wonderful snapshot of an era of the league long past. Of the 14 teams shown here via logos, five have since taken on a new location and/or identity. Gone are the Cincinnati Royals (Sacramento Kings), San Francisco Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma City Thunder), Baltimore Bullets (Washington Wizards), and San Diego Rockets (Houston Rockets). And of the nine teams that still go by the same name, only the Chicago Bulls have retained the exact same logo and colors. The rest have since been modified either slightly -- Celtics, Lakers, and 76ers -- or rather drastically
I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA's regular season. In the last edition I covered the Northwest Division, so up next are the five teams of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division — the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings. As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Golden State Warriors Best Warriors fans might be surprised to find this logo
The 2013-14 NBA season tips off in just a few weeks -- October 29 to be precise -- so it's time for me to continue my series of recaps looking at the best and worst franchises in each of the four major American sports leagues. Today I look at the rankings for the 10 worst NBA franchises ever. As with the NHL best/worst and NFL best lists I've already done, the formula is pretty simple. I’ve ranked all 30 NBA franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence and ordered by that. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for
If today's reports are to be believed, the NBA's Sacramento Kings -- currently sitting pretty at the top of the list of franchises who have gone the longest without a title -- are leaving the California capital and moving north to Seattle. That city is, of course, the former home of the SuperSonics, who now play in Oklahoma City as the Thunder, and have a crappy logo. And while Emerald City residents are already salivating at the return of their beloved Sonics, I'd like to humbly suggest a new brand altogether. After all, the most recent major sports team to depart a town and return several years later with the same name was the Cleveland Browns. And we all know how that's been going for them. But if not the Sonics, then what? Well they could stay with the Kings. Seattle is, after al
Winning an NBA title is hard. Really hard. But some franchises have taken futility to a whole new level. I speak, of course, about the longest streak of consecutive seasons without winning an NBA championship. Let's take a look at the ten longest active streaks as of the start of the 2012-13 regular season. #10 -- Portland Trail Blazers (35 seasons) The Blazers enjoyed their one and only NBA crown in the 1976-77 season, the year new head coach Jack Ramsay and Hall of Fame center Bill Walton led the team to its first winning campaign and first playoff appearance. The team followed that up by making it to the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost in six games to the Seattle SuperSonics. From that magical season all the way through 2002-03, Portland missed the playoffs...